Take a Day Trip from Puerto Vallarta to the Fishing Village of Yelapa

Yelapa is a tiny seaside village, about 45 minutes by boat – the only way to get there – from bustling Puerto Vallarta.

Yelapa’s climate is typically tropical with a dry season during its winter. The high temperature and variations in humidity can cause sudden monsoon-like rains from July through September, normally for a few hours in the evenings. The best time to visit is between September and February, when humidity is not so dense. Starting from December, humpback whales offer an unmissable show while they play together in the bay.

Waterfalls are one of the great attractions of the town, and visiting them offers you the chance to get in some light exercise while taking in the stunning views. The main waterfall in the area is Cascada Yelapa, towering at almost 100 feet in height and is easy to access by a short 15-minute walk from the coast.

Settled on the gulf of Banderas bay, the town offers fantastic catamaran tours into the lush waters surrounding the shore, and prime snorkeling and incredible diving experiences boasting an incredible variety of underwater species.

Yelapa has gone decades without the infiltration of high-rises or a mass influx of tourists. Some say it’s Mexico’s last authentic beach town, and it’s easy to see why. It’s eccentric atmosphere and unconventional charm has made the little seaside town a hidden favorite on this popular Mexican coast.

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